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Teenage boy killed in Malmö shooting

A teenage boy has died after being shot in the Rosengård district of southern Swedish city Malmö on Thursday evening.

Teenage boy killed in Malmö shooting
Police investigating the scene of the shooting. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

The boy was found injured at a bus stop in the area just before 7pm. He was taken to hospital, but police later confirmed that he had died from his injuries at 7.27pm.

The boy was born in 2000 and was only 16. His relatives have been informed by the police.

The shooting took place around a bus stop at Örtagården in Rosengård. There were several people at the scene.

“A lot of witnesses have been questioned and we have carried out door to door work,” police spokesperson Calle Persson told news agency TT.

The boy was not previously known to the police. Two people were taken in for questioning on Thursday.

“They were questioned for information and are not suspects at this time,” Persson added.

It is the second time someone has been killed in Malmö this year. On January 3rd a 22-year-old man was shot to death in the Fosie district.

Earlier that same day an 18-year-old woman suffered gunshot injuries in Rosengård.

The new acting chief of police in the region has described the situation in Malmö as serious.

“There’s a serious situation in Malmö when it comes to gang crime and deadly violence. Far too many young men have been killed here,” Klas Friberg commented at a press conference on Thursday.

Police said on Friday that they do not believe Thursday's shooting is linked to gang violence. 

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Sweden launches major state initiative to fight cybercrime aimed at smart cars

Connected cars are increasingly exposed to security threats. Therefore, a major government initiative is now being launched via the research institute Rise.

Sweden launches major state initiative to fight cybercrime aimed at smart cars

More and more technical gadgets are now connected to the internet, and cars are no exception. However, the new reality raises questions about security, and from the Swedish side, an initiative is now being launched to combat cybercrime in the car industry through the government research institute Rise.

“We see a great need (for action), in regards to cyber-attacks in general and solving challenges related to the automotive industry’s drive to make cars more and more connected, and in the long run, perhaps even self-driving,” Rise chief Pia Sandvik stated.

Modern cars now have functions that allow car manufacturers to send out software updates exactly the same way as with mobile phones.

In addition to driving data, a connected car can also collect and pass on technical information about the vehicle.

Nightmare scenario

However, all this has raised questions about risks and the worst nightmare scenario in which someone could be able to take over and remotely operate a connected car.

Sandvik points out that, generally speaking, challenges are not only related to car safety but also to the fact that the vehicle can be a gateway for various actors to get additional information about car owners.

“If you want to gain access to information or cause damage, you can use different systems, and connected vehicles are one such system. Therefore, it is important to be able to test and see if you have robust and resilient systems in place,” she said.

Ethical hackers

Initially, about 15 employees at Rise will work on what is described as “Europe’s most advanced cyber security work” regarding the automotive industry.

Among the employees, there are also so-called “ethical hackers”, i.e., people who have been recruited specifically to test the systems.

“These are hackers who are really good at getting into systems, but not with the aim of inflicting damage, but to help and contribute to better solutions,” Sandvik noted.

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